Fuel Cube

What Is a Fuel Cube?

Filling up a fleet of vehicles or a power supply can be time-consuming when you need to physically go to a fuelling station. This can be frustrating for vehicles on the road but can also waste time and effort. This is where a fuel cube is a lifesaver. A fuel cube is a static fuel tank. They are manufactured to guarantee the efficient storage and transportation of fuel. The purpose is to save space on a lorry and when in the depot.

Comprising four-way forklift pockets, lifting points, and external generator feeding points, it ensures swift refuelling of machinery, generators, or vehicle fleets. Compact and durable, they are used in a wide range of industries. Due to their compact design, they are easily transportable to guarantee quick refuelling of vehicles, such as aeroplanes, in an emergency situation. Its space-saving qualities benefit any company or industry with a lack of space on site.

 

Fuel Cubes by Trailer Engineering:

Fuel Cubes
Lockable 3000 Litre Fuel Cube

What Is A Fuel Cube and What Are Its Benefits?

Utilising fuel cubes is a fantastic way to be more cost-effective and efficient in your business. Fuel cubes are used in a wide variety of industries such as the agriculture industry, the aviation industry, and the power generation industry. But what is a fuel cube and what are its benefits?

What Are the Benefits of Fuel Cubes?

Fuel cubes, in comparison to traditional fuel tanks, yield significant benefits, not just because of its compact size:

They Are Convenient

The compact size of a fuel cube, such as a bunded diesel fuelcube, means that you can install them in smaller spaces compared to a regular tank. The convenience means that you can move it by a forklift rather than hiring a fuel truck to refill the container. This is especially useful in sites that have no access points. It also helps in locations where there's a considerable amount of adverse weather conditions stopping entry to the site, such as in the construction industry where excess rainfall can cause problems with the ground.

They Are Environmentally Safe

It's more important than ever to comply with fuel bowser regulations and ensure our equipment is environmentally friendly. As fuel cubes are double-walled, you do not need extra spill pans. When you use a double-walled tank, the upgraded containers won't just help you save the environment but also help you save money by significantly reducing your need for spill pans.

They Are Secure

One of the major issues with any depot is guaranteeing it’s secure and safe from all unauthorised users. As each fuel cube is lockable, you won't need an additional lockbox and will protect your fuel from any potential criminal activity.

If you are looking for a cost-effective method to store fuel, you can find a fuel cube for sale to fuel your power needs. Using fuel cubes is a fantastic method to save money and space. If you are a business with on-site fuel needs, a fuel cube can help you save money with bulk fuel, but it is a fantastic timesaver to get the fuel exactly when you need it.

Legally Transporting Fuel

If you’re transporting fuel on the public highway you will need either ADR or U.N Certified tank/IBC ( intermediate bulk container) you can transport up to 1000 litres of fuel without needing an ADR licence under U.N certification although if you have an ADR certified tank you must have an ADR licence. Anything over 1000 litres will require you to have an ADR licence in both cases. At Trailer Engineering, all of our fuel tanks are U.N certified and are fully approved for Ten years.

What to Take Away

At Trailer Engineering, we manufacture a wide range of fuel cubes (Polycubes) that are fully U.N. certified for the storage and transportation of fuel. Providing you with the ultimate fuel storage solution. For more information on our fuel cubes, contact a member of our team today on +44(0)1384 564765 or email us on sales@trailereng.com. You can also get in touch by using the contact form below.




    Fuel Cube FAQs

    What is a Fuelcube?

    Fuel cube's are manufactured to be compact for efficient transportation and storage of fuel, saving space on a lorry and in the depot. A fuel cube is a static tank in which may be transported on the public highway as long as it has ADR / U.N certifications. As a static tank most fuel cube's will have 4-way forklift pockets and lifting points for easy mobility and a lockable compartment to keep contents and pumping equipment secure. External generator feeding points will be found on most fuelcubes as the primary operation of a fuelcube is to feed a generator. Most fuel cubes can be stacked on top of each other to save even more space. A fuel cube is perfect for refuelling Generators, Machinery, Helicopters and a fleet of vehicles, with tanks ranging in size and options for them to hold Diesel, JetA1, Oil and Adblue. 

    Can I stack a Fuelcube?

    Some fuel cubes will be approved for stacking on top of each other please contact the manufacturer for information on how many can be stacked. Trailer Engineering's Polycube range can be stacked 3 high when empty and 2 high when full. 

    What is a Fuelcube made from?

    There are several type's of Fuel cubes on the market, however the most popular fuel cube's are constructed from either Polyethylene or Steel. 

    Can you get a Fuelcube trailer?

    There are manufacturers in which will offer a package of a fuelcube and a trailer to suit. Trailer Engineering offer its unique Polycube with the option of a highway tow-able trailer in which can be configured to carry 1 x 950 litre, 2 x 950 litre, 1 x 2000 litre Polycubes. There is also the option for a combination of a Generator and Polycube on a trailer.  

    Can I get a bunded Fuelcube

    To meet environmental law the fuel cube must comply with the control of pollution (oil storage) regulation 2001 No.2954, Environmental Agency PPG2 regulations.

    To transport fuel in a fuel cube on the public highway it is mandatory for the tank to be bunded and fully certified under the ADR / U.N certifications. 

    Can I transport a Fuelcube full on the road?

    To transport a fuel cube containing fuel on the public highway it will need to be certified under the ADR / U.N certifications.  

    Can I crane a Fuelcube full?

    Most fuel cube's can be craned when full, it is advised to check if the lifting points have been approved for lifting as some fuel cube's will not be suitable to crane when full. 

    Fuel cubes that are tested under U.N / ADR regulations are certified for lifting as part of the approval.

    Do Fuelcubes have a contents gauge?

    Most fuel cube's will come with a contents gauge or dip stick as standard however some manufacturers will only offer them as a optional extra. 

    Can I transport a Polycube on the road?

    The Polycube is certified under the U.N certifications for storage and transportation. The Polycube can be transported by Road, Rail, Sea and Air.

    What is a Polycube?

    A Polycube is an alternative to the steel fuel cube. It is constructed from a robust Polyethylene and secured in a galvanised steel frame. The Polycube is lighter than steel and fully secure, it is also 100% corrosion-free and produces less condensation then the conventional steel fuel cube. The Polycube is a bunded skidbase fuel cube fully U.N certified for storage and transportation of fuel.   

    Can I Stack a Polycube?

    The Polycube range can be stacked 3 high when empty and 2 high when full under its U.N certification. 

    Can I crane a Polycube full?

    The Polycube is certified for lifting when full under its U.N certification.

    Can I transport a Polycube full on the road?

    The Polycube is fully U.N certified and can be transported by Road, Rail, Sea and Air when full.

    Key Features Of A Fuelcube?

     Available in 950 litre and 2000 litre capacities

    •  Manufactured from a strong polyethylene to ensure clean storage of fuel and secured in a steel frame to protect the contents and pumping equipment.
    • The tank is 110% bunded as part of its U.N certifications 
    •  U.N certified for transporting diesel, jeta1 and oil on the public highway and can also be transported by Sea, Rail and Air 
    •  Perfect for refuelling generators, machinery, small plant, ground care equipment, traffic control equipment and helicopters 

    •  Compact and stackable design
    •  The Fuelcube is certified to be lifted when full of fuel by using the lifting eyes
    •  Suitable for use with diesel, jeta1 and gas oil

    •  Four way access for fork lift truck on 950 litre fuelcube and two way access pont for fork lift truck on 2000 litre fuel cube

    • Four fully welded and galvanised lifting points on all fuel cubes 

     

    Can I Link Fuel Cubes Together?

    Yes you can link multiple fuelcubes together. To do this you will need to ensure the tanks are level with each other and conjoin them via the generator feed points with a linking kit purchased from the manufacturer. The linking kit will include four pipes at equal lengths which will connect onto the suction and return pipes in the fuel cube and then connect to a T-piece connector on the other end of each pipe. From the T-piece you can then connect multiple fuelcubes to one generator.  

    Fuel cube tanks

    A fuel cube is a tank for the storage of diesel, jeta1, oil or adblue. The fuel cube is usually a bunded tank with a lockable compartment to protect the contents and pumping equipment if fitted. Some fuel cubes are static tanks only as they do not have U.N certification however there are fuel cubes that have U.N certification in which means you can transport the fuel cube full on the public highway. The Polycube is a fully U.N certified fuel cube in which can be transported by road, rail, sea and air. There is also the option to have a trailer built specifically to suit the fuel cube so that you can transport it comfortably.  

    What Is a Lube cube fuel tanks

    The Polycube (fuelcube) can be configured to store and dispense clean oil (lubricants). For the lube cube option a specialist pump will need to be fitted to the Polycube to be able to dispense the lube. The lube cube is perfect for storing engine oil, hydraulic oil, transmission oil, etc.

    How many fuelcubes can i fit on a lorry?

    The Polycube fuelcube is designed for increased logistical transportation capacity as you will be able to fit 44 x 950 litre fuel cubes or 22 x 2000 litre onto a standard articulated 45 foot lorry trailer. 

    The 950 litre Polycube / fuelcube has a foot print of 1213mm x 1213mm and a height of 1410mm meaning you can fit 2 fuelcubes across the bed of the lorry trailer and stack them 2 high fitting 44 x 950 litres onto one 45 foot lorry trailer. The 950 litre Polycube has a unladen weight of 290kg and a laden weight of 1100kg. 

    The 2000 litre Polycube / fuelcube has a foot print of 1213mm x 2500mm and a height of 1430mm. The 2000 litre Polycube is designed to fit straight across the width of the bed of a articulated lorry trailer and can be stacked 2 high when being transported, fitting 22 x Polycubes onto a 45 foot lorry trailer. The unladen weight of the 2000 litre is 580kg and the laden weight of 2300kg. 

     

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    How to use fuel cubes?

    Fuel tank cubes are used for storing and transporting fuel. To fill a fuel cube there is a 2" BSP filling point for tankers to connect hose onto or can be filled via a trigger nozzle. The contents gauge will indicate how full the fuel tank is. To empty the fuel cube or supply fuel to machinery you may use a trigger nozzle connected to the pump fitted to the fuel cube (if applicable) or use the suction and return generator feeds to fuel a machine / generator at a constant flow of fuel. There should be a pressure relief valve (PRV) set at 2 PSI fitted to all fuel cubes to prevent a build up of pressure in the fuel tank. Please note that the PRV is only a safety feature to prevent pressure build up and is NOT to be used as a vent when filling or emptying the tank. There should also be a manual vent valve fitted to the fuel cube in which will need to be opened when filling the tank and also open when pumping fuel out of the tank. The vent valve will then need to be closed when the fuelcube is not in use. 

    Please watch the below video for a description of the fittings of a fuel tank cube.

        

    What is a fuel transport cubes?

    A fuel transport cube is a cuboid shaped fuel tank that is 110% bunded and has full ADR / U.N certification in order for it to be legally transported on the public highway. Fuel cubes come in different sizes and can be manufactured in different materials. The Polycube is a very popular brand of fuel transport cube as it is secured in a galvanised steel frame and contains a polyethylene fuel tank in which ensures one of the cleanest fuel storage tanks available on today's market. The Polycube has full U.N certification meaning this fuel transport cube can be transported by road, rail, sea and air for the storage and distribution of Diesel, JetA1, Adblue and Oil. Most fuel transport cubes are fitted with lifting points for easy manoeuvrability when positioning the bunded fuel tank. Most fuel transport cubes are transported in multiple quantities on the back of a lorry however a highway tow able trailer is also available to suit the fuel cube.    

    Industrial Use Of A Fuel Cube